Putting SMEs at the forefront of Fuel Poverty Alleviation
Putting SMEs at the forefront of Fuel Poverty Alleviation Oct 19, 2015
YES Energy Solutions has built an SME infrastructure to tackle fuel poverty at a national level.
By distributing Energy Company funding, offering accreditation advice and links to discount training, hundreds of smaller installation businesses have been able to gain the necessary tools to improve the look and feel of their local communities and support vulnerable residents.
Central Heating Installer In the last financial year, YES Energy Solutions supported a range of SME installers and saved more tonnes of CO2 than the combined weight of 26,600 African elephants! This in turn helped hundreds of families overcome their financial worries, cut their carbon footprint and live in properties that they can now afford to heat.
YES Energy Solutions manages the ‘YES Installer Network’, a contracting network with over 2000 members. Through this portal we provide a range of services to help SMEs develop, including regular policy updates, industry events, insurance offers and the chance for contractors to join the YES Energy Solutions funded partner programme.
One recent scheme showed YES Energy Solutions collaborate with Construction & Housing Yorkshire to offer SME’s from the Leeds City Region access to subsidised Green Deal training. This has helped several installers gain accreditation to access ECO funding to support householders in their area.
YES Energy Solutions is a Community Interest Company committed to improving ‘quality of life’ through energy efficiency. We specialise in managing schemes that help residents reduce their carbon footprint and cut their fuel bills. With no shareholders to satisfy, our profits are reinvested into the communities in which we work – helping to lift more and more people out of fuel poverty.
Not only do we install and facilitate energy saving measures, but provide a consultation service to help advocate fuel poverty alleviation. We recently produced a simple ‘how to’ guide for Local Authorities to take advantage of the Government’s ECO and Green Deal schemes. Its aim is to encourage Councils to develop their own carbon saving initiatives using the full range of support available from central government, Energy Companies and community organisations. The guide was backed by the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE), a leading Local Authority network.
To encourage other organisations to priorities fuel poverty projects, Andrew Herbert - CEO of YES Energy Solutions gave a presentation into energy efficiency strategies at the NEA’s annual conference in Scarborough.